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Under the provisions of the UWA Act, the roles ascribed to Convocation are managed by the Council of Convocation (comprising 21 members, the Warden of Convocation, the Deputy Warden and the Immediate Past Warden).  Each year elections are held for 7 members of Council as well as for the leadership positions.  All members of Convocation are eligible to be nominated for these positions and to vote in the annual elections for members of Convocation Council.

The Council of Convocation meets on a monthly basis and reports back to all members of Convocation at two general meetings (known as Ordinary Meetings) held in March and September each year. Under its constitution (as outlined in the UWA Statutes), certain major decisions can only be approved by Convocation when meeting in full session at these Ordinary Meetings.

The current members of Convocation Council are as follows:

Council Members

Dr Doug McGhie
Warden of Convocation 2017
Council Member (2013-2016)

Doug McGhieAs a Councillor of Convocation for the last four years Doug has focussed on improving value and increasing recognition for Convocation, developing the strategic plan, initiating the new Engagement Committee and serving as Treasurer.
He has B Sc (Agric) Hons (1972), MBA (1991), PhD (1981), all from UWA, a prize winner in the MBA. He is Managing Director of Science Matters Pty Ltd, consultants in science, technology and regional development and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants
His research into water repellent soils developed the effective soil wetting agents still used 30 years later.
He is past President and Life Member of the UWA Graduate Management Association and the Graduate Management Association of Australia, past member Advisory Board for the UWA GSM and Board member of the UWA Torpedoes (National League Water Polo) for ten years, the last four as President. He is a Life Member of that club. He was on the Advisory Committee for the Australian University Games in 2010.
Doug is active in community and sporting organisations. He is a Life Member of Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club serving as Captain, Deputy President, President and coach. He has won the Surf Life Saving WA Volunteer of the Year, President’s Medal and Coach of the Year awards, and a Local Government Community Service award. He has coached junior and senior sport for over 40 years, including state and national championship medallions. He coached the University Football Club for three years, playing for eight years.

Dr Joan Pope OAM
Deputy Warden of Convocation (2016-2017)
Warden (1984)

Joan Pope
Born in Western Australia, Joan studied music, specialising in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, mime, dance, speech, and drama, gaining BA, Dip.Ed, (UWA): B.Ed, M.Ed (ECU) and PhD (Monash), LRAM (London), and Diplôme (I J-D, Geneva). She has tutored for Kindergarten College, WAIT, Curtin University, UWA, ECU, WAAPA and Notre Dame.
 Joan has performed and directed for numerous theatre, opera, dance and music organisations, and pursued volunteer commitments, interstate and internationally, connected with theatre, festivals, community arts, children’s playgrounds, girl guides, local history, and recreation projects for seniors.
President of Dalcroze Australia, she has presented workshops in South East Asia, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, Europe and UK. Joan is a Fellow of ACHPER, Hon. Life member of ASME, AUSDANCE, GRADS and Dalcroze Australia.
Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, the Medal of the Centenary of Federation, the UWA Chancellor’s Medal. Recently she received both the AUSDANCE National Award for Services to Dance Education and the WA Government 50-year Volunteer Service medal.
Joan was a Guild Councillor in the mid-50s and Warden of UWA Convocation in the mid-80s. She has been President of the University Dramatic Society, which, incidentally, will celebrate its Centenary in 2017.
Her current one-year term as Deputy Warden, has highlighted to her the status of Convocation within the University, and she is keen to utilise opportunities arising in this time of ‘UWA renewal’, which will strengthen its future role, as well as document its endeavours since the early days in ‘Irwin Street’.

Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM
Elected member of Senate (2015-2019)
Immediate Past Warden of Convocation (2017-2018)
Warden of Convocation (2013–2017)
Council Member (2010-2013)

Warrwn KerrWarren has been a member of Convocation Council since 2010 and strongly believes in the potential of Convocation to take a pro-active role in assisting the University to achieve it’s objective of being one of the world’s top 50 universities by 2050.
He graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974 and is a National Director of HAMES SHARLEY Architects.  In addition to his formal qualifications in architecture, Warren has a Masters Degree from the University of NSW in health administration and planning, and has spent most of his career specialising in the planning and design of major hospital projects.
In addition to his project workload, Warren maintains an active interest in teaching and research as an Adjunct Professor at UWA, as a member of the Advisory Board of the UWA Research Centre for the Built Environment & Health, as the Chair of an international working group aimed at improving the planning and design of health facilities and through various voluntary roles for the Institute of Architects and the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
Warren is a former State and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a former State and National Chair of the Australian Council of Built Environment Design Professions.
In January 2009, Warren was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his services to architecture and his contribution to the planning and design of major health facilities.

Dr Mark Andrich
Council Member (2016-2019)

Mark AndrichMark is a sustainability and finance specialist with three degrees from UWA. He is also a former UWA Honorary Research Fellow. Mark completed his Bachelor of Engineering in 2001, his Bachelor of Commerce in 2001 and his PhD on the topic of sustainability under conditions of wealth inequity in Western Australia in 2013 at the Centre for Water Research. Mark has published articles in engineering and sustainability. Mark experience in sustainability and finance spans 15 years and includes eight years in the US where he worked with start-up companies delivering world-class fund management services. Mark is familiar with the way boards and committees function, having served on a number in both Australia and the US. Mark?s experiences at UWA and internationally highlighted the value of high quality education and research and he hopes to bring his experience and skills to the Convocation Council in order to improve the University.

Mr Paul Appleton
Council Member (2002-2018)

Paul AppletonPaul Appleton graduated B Ed (Hons) from the University of Exeter and MBA from UWA.
He has worked as a secondary school teacher in NZ, UK and Western Australia and a financial planning consultant and Sales Manager for the merchant banking group J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co Ltd in the UK.  In Australia he has been a Divisional Manager for MLC Life Ltd and inaugural State Manager for Mortgage & General Pty Ltd.  In 1998 Paul established The Tall Poppy Consulting Group, a management consultancy practice and is currently its Managing Director.  Paul is also a University Supervisor for The University of Notre Dame Australia and Edith Cowan University assessing student teacher practicum.
Paul is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, having served on its Advisory Council.  He was a Councillor for Duncraig Senior High School Council, co-founded Duncraig Senior High School Parent & Citizens Association and was for seven years its President.  He has served on the Council of Convocation since 2002 and was instrumental in designing and administering a survey to UWA graduates.  Paul currently serves on the Membership and Awards Committees.

Lesley Cala
Council Member (2010-2020)

Lesley Cala MB BS, MD, DMRD, FRANZCR, FRCR
MD  thesis -Neuroradiological Diagnosis of Brain Tumours.
Clinical neuroradiologist  S.C.G.H. 1972-2000, P.M.H 1973-2000.
Research neuroradiologist  U.K. 2005 - current.
Clinical Professor  UWA 1991-2017.
Chief investigator, Australian Research Centre for Medical Engineering 2000-2008
Adjunct Professor Murdoch University 2002-2008.
Numerous published papers, research presentations & research grants.
International Stroke Trials (5): 2005-2012, 2012-2013; 2013-2018 (3) – participant.
Deputy Editor, Australasian Medical Journal & Reviewer for Family Practice – current.
Nominee for Teaching Excellence Awards UWA 2015 and Curtin University 2016.
Community Service
Past President, Hon Life Member, Advisor Health for Graduate Women WA Inc.
Past Vice-President, Adviser Health, National Council of Women of Australia.
 Adviser, International Relations and Peace, & Co-ordinator Communications, International Council of Women 2003-2012
Member Advisory Council to WA Minister for Women’s Interests – 2010-2013
Vice-President, Hon Life Member, National Council of Women WA 2009-2013
 BreastScreen WA, Community Reference Group 2009-2017
Fund raiser for Archbishop Winter Appeals 1988 - 2000
Convocation and University Service
Member Council of Convocation - 2010-2017
Convenor Awards Committee Convocation 2013-2015
Member Senate, UWA serving 15 years to 2010
Honorary Fellow, St. Catherine’s College, UWA
UWA Centenary Trust for Women – Founding Patron
Radiological Council of WA, (Tertiary Institutions’ delegate).
I believe education is the key to eradication of poverty and elimination of conflict.
I would like to offer my community experience and access to networks to UWA as a Member of Council to ensure those disadvantaged obtain a higher education.

Dr Julie Crews
Council Member (2017-2020)

Dr Julie CrewsJulie commenced her career in education and her experience has included urban, rural, interstate and overseas appointments. During her career, Julie held various leadership roles including Deputy Principal, District Professional Development Manager and Facilitator for the professional development of teachers. A career in the public sector followed as a senior labour relations and small business advisor in the State Government. She has held senior positions across both state and federal government agencies, including the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, The Office of the Auditor General and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Julie holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Masters of Industrial Relations and a Doctorate of Business Administration. Her doctoral thesis examined ethical leadership and was conducted with Chief Executive Officers of both the public and private sectors in Western Australia and Victoria. Her research and corporate work has covered such areas as values held by university students, the ethical dilemmas faced by local government planners, police and executives in Sri Lanka. Julie conducts many forums on ethics and leadership in both the public and private sectors in Australia. She has worked in the area of business ethics and governance in Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Julie teaches business ethics and corporate governance at Edith Cowan University. This position provides a unique opportunity to be directly involved in the university sector and understand the challenges facing both academics and students. She maintains strong professional networks through her membership of the UWA University Club.

Ms Devon Cuneo
Council Member (2011-2018)

Devon Cuneo Devon grew up in Cottesloe and commenced Psychology at UWA in 1965 before going to work in North America for 2 years. After some time spent in Europe, including studying French Language and Literature at the Sorbonne, Devon returned to Perth and taught at St Hilda's. Subsequently Devon completed a Teaching Diploma at Nedlands Secondary Teachers College and then successfully undertook a double degree in Italian and German at UWA, during which time she was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship to study in Siena.
For 17 years Devon taught Japanese and French at PLC, having studied Japanese at UWA and Ryukoko University in Kyoto. In 2001 Devon undertook postgraduate qualifications whilst teaching in Japan which enabled her to teach ESL. This culminated in two and a half years spent at Junshin and Kagoshima Universities teaching.
Devon has two sons who are both UWA graduates and having returned to Australia in 2005 is currently teaching at Newman College.

Adjunct Professor, Dr Brett Davies
Council Member (2016-2020)

Brett DaviesCTA, AIAMA, BJuris, LLB, Dip Ed, BArts(Hons), LLM(UWA), MBA, SJD(UWA)
Dr Davies is a practising lawyer, Accredited Mediator and Chartered Tax Adviser. He is an Adjunct Professor in tax and Superannuation. Brett has a passion for education, with multiple degrees and post-graduate qualifications (five from UWA). He even married a primary school teacher. Brett lectures on estate planning, tax and Superannuation throughout Australia. His love of UWA includes: Currie Hall resident tutor (1985-1989) and Convocation Committee (1988-1993 and 2016).
Brett has given back to the community including: President Art Gallery of WA Foundation and Library Board of WA. Brett was chair of many Law Society and Law Council committees. He was elected to the Legal Practice Board.
Brett founded his legal practice in 1994. Brett seeks to utilise his knowledge and skills to contribute to the Convocation Council.

Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
Council Member (2017-2020)

Dr Angela Evangelinou-YiannakisDr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis is a graduate of The University of Western Australia; BA (1979), GradDipEd (1980), MEd (Hons) (2002), EdD (2009). She was also awarded the Teacher’s Higher Certificate from the Department of Education WA (1984), and has three certificates for competency in Modern Greek. A secondary school teacher, Angela has been in the profession for 36 years, teaching in all tiers; primary, secondary and tertiary, the latter of which includes teaching pre-service teachers at UWA and The University of Notre Dame Australia (2011). She has been a teacher and leader in the Independent sector since 1994, including being an Acting Principal (1997 and 2010) and Foundation Principal (2012-2016). Currently, Angela is a School Academic Mentor for Deakin University and Teach for Australia, mentoring 34 Associates in 12 different schools here in WA. As an Honorary Research Fellow of The Graduate School of Education, UWA, since 2011, Angela has had a number of refereed publications, including a chapter (2013) based on research conducted by her regarding formative feedback in the Social Sciences at UWA, and a book (2015) based on her doctoral research. She represents UWA on the Executive Committee of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, contributing to and promoting local research in education. Amongst four awards from UWA, Angela was also the runner up for the West Australian Citizen of the Year Award (2006) for services offered to the Greek community of WA. A community-minded volunteer, Angela is very keen to contribute to the Council of Convocation.

Dr Libby Feutrill
Council Member (2016-2019)

Libby FeutrillI received a Bachelor of Engineering, with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering, from UWA in 1990 and a PhD in Materials Engineering from UWA in 1998, jointly supervised by Professor Robert Street and Professor Paul McCormick. As an undergraduate I participated in the Gledden Study Tour for Engineering students to the Soviet Union (1989); during my post-graduate studies I was the recipient of an Australian Post-Graduate Research Award and an Australian Federation of University Women Bursary.
Since graduating, I have nearly twenty years of experience with major corporations in the Australian resources sector, in both technical and commercial roles, most recently as an energy market analyst with Woodside. This has included postings in the Pilbara and far north Queensland, which allowed me to become involved with local community organisations such as the Weipa Arts Council and take part in volunteer field research activities with the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
My current involvement with the University is as a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee (since 2013), having previously served two terms in a similar role at the University of Notre Dame. I am also a member of the Board for my local government primary school and continue to be an active member (since 1986) of the University Hockey Club.

Dr Agi Gedeon
Council Member (2015-2019)

Agi GedeonAgi Gedeon is an alumnus of UWA (BScHons 1984) and later University of Adelaide (PhD 1996). As a Human Molecular Geneticist her research and diagnostics career of 16 years generated over 60+ papers and still holds an H-factor of 32. She was nominated for the Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk medal and Tall Poppy (SA) award in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to research in medical sciences.
She has worked for a molecular biology supplier and startup biotech companies before moving to the Pilbara where she put her energy into a range of administrative opportunities with the Pilbara Division of General Practice, TAFE, RioTinto, Shire of Roebourne, Woodside and Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Agi returned to UWA in 2010 in the role of Research Development Adviser in International Networks and Collaborations where she worked with researchers across the university to build new multinational projects. She was appointed as the Centre Manager for the State Centre of Excellence in Ecohydrology, then Manager of the WA node of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and now works with the Australian National Data Service to make better use of Australia?s research data.
She was on the UWA committee for the University Managers Group and freely volunteers during her leisure time for many NFP and community organisations. She is particularly keen to build alumni engagement and community development through the broad-ranging expertise of the members of Convocation.

Mr Jeffrey Gunningham
Council Member (2017-2020)

Mr Jeffrey GunninghamJeff Gunningham has extensive leadership experience in tertiary education in Australia and internationally. He retired as the Chief Executive of TAFE South Australia in mid-2014 where he was responsible for TAFE activities across the State. 
Until late 2010, Jeff was the Principal and Chief Executive of Swansea College, one of the largest further and higher education colleges in Wales, UK. Prior to this he was the inaugural Managing Director of Education and Training International, responsible for international student recruitment and offshore project work for all government schools and TAFE colleges in Western Australia. He has been the CEO of three other colleges in Australia as well as one in the United Arab Emirates.
His expertise is broad based and covers areas such as training partnerships, strategic management, leadership development, managing change, and international business development. Before moving to Adelaide, Jeff was a Ministerial appointment to the Training Accreditation Council in Western Australia. He has extensive experience in developing innovative learning systems, often in partnership with industry and the tertiary education sector. Many of these successes have been presented at conferences across the world.
Jeff Gunningham has an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Management, and a Master of Business Administration. He’s also a Senior Honorary Fellow of the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne.
If elected to Council, Jeff would use his experience to focus attention on the internationalisation of UWA and to promote better use of strategic partnerships with industry and other tertiary education providers.

Mr Garry Hawkes
Council Member (2015-2018)

Garry HawkesGarry Hawkes graduated from UWA in the early seventies with an honours degree in Chemistry. His academic qualifications include a Diploma in Education, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and MBA. Garry has widespread public and private sector employment experience. After graduation Garry taught Chemistry, Physics and Science mainly in WA schools. During his twenty plus years teaching experience he has taught Chemistry in London for a year and maths and science to Qatar Petroleum apprentices in Doha for six months. Interspersed with his teaching Garry enlisted in the RAAF. During his six years in the RAAF he developed and taught accredited Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Technical courses which were delivered to technical apprentices at Wagga Wagga. He has also worked with CSBP & Farmers for several years, a former subsidiary of Wesfarmers Ltd. For nearly four years Garry also worked as a stockbroker for DJ Carmichael where he conducted research of ASX listed companies; participated in new issues, placements and rights issues; raised capital; provided advice in relation to specific stocks; and managed clients? portfolios and accounts. He is currently working in the Western Australian public service. Garry?s principle interests in Convocation are to encourage members to support and contribute towards the intellectual and cultural prosperity of the University community and to promote the ideals and purpose of the University to the wider community.

Dr Susan King
Council Member (2013-2019)

Susan King Susan King holds a PhD (Syracuse University, USA), an MEd, BEd and BA (UWA), and a Teachers Certificate (WA Secondary Teachers College).
Susan is currently a self-employed consultant. She has an extensive knowledge of the Australian higher education, vocational education and training and schools sectors, and of university governance.
Susan has held corporate executive positions as Executive Director (Governance & Planning) at Edith Cowan University, and Executive Director (Strategic Resource Management) with the WA department responsible for the Training sector.
Susan held policy roles in the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Commonwealth Schools Commission, and policy and resource management roles in the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training. Earlier, she was an academic in UWA's Department of Education.
Susan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Board of Management of Community Vision Inc., the Association for Tertiary Education Management, the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, and Women on Boards. In 2012 she was invited to join Convocation's Statutes Committee.
Susan received a WA Public Service scholarship to attend a Strategic Public Sector Leaders' Summit, won for her department the Strategic Resource Management category of the Premier's Awards for Public Sector Management, and was awarded a Syracuse University Fellowship and an Australian-American Educational Foundation (Fulbright) Travel Grant. She was a joint winner of the Bertha Houghton Prize in Education (UWA) and Dux of the WA Secondary Teachers College.

Dr Raj Kurup
Council Member (2017-2018)

Dr Raj Kurup

M.Eng.Sc (Research) (UWA), M.Eng (Delft), PhD (Murdoch), GAICD, FIEAust, NER, CPEng, Int.PE, APEC Engineer
Since graduating in 2001, Raj has been actively associated with UWA. He has served as an adjunct associate professor for seven years (2009−15). This role saw Raj supervise and mentor many students and secure external funding for research projects at UWA.
Raj is the CEO of a multi-award winning, specialist engineering consulting firm, Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd (EEI). He has been a consultant for the United Nations (UNFCCC), South32, Alcoa, Woodside, BHP and various government agencies. He has also authored 60+ publications and holds multiple patents.
Raj is passionate about education and research and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA and Murdoch University. He believes in strong collaboration between the stakeholders in education and research, including schools, universities, industry, professional bodies and the community.
Raj has extensive board level leadership experience with community organisations and professional associations. He was the Chair of the Community Advisory Group for the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (2010−14), Chair of the WA chapter of the Sustainable Engineering Society (2004−07), Division Board member of Engineers Australia (2003−4, 2006), member of Penrhos College Foundation Board (2013-2016). Raj is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an expert in strategic planning.
Raj is interested in becoming an active council member of Convocation to support UWA in consolidating its position as a leading university globally.

Councillor Julie Matheson
Council Member (2016-2019)

Julie Matheson

Julie Matheson graduated from UWA in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and International Relations, and History. She is a registered certified financial planner with a career in financial services for the past 28 years. Currently Julie is a consultant to Aboriginal trustees located in the Pilbara. She is also a board member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and was elected by her peers nationally in 2006. In 2011, Julie was elected as a Councillor with the City of Subiaco, and re-elected again in 2015 for another four year term. UWA is located in the City of Subiaco and the City of Nedlands. Both councils collaborate with UWA on projects of mutual interest such as the No. 97 bus services from UWA to the Subiaco train station, recycling of waste water for parks and a partnership with the UWA School of Architecture promoting practical experience in design. As a recent UWA graduate with board member experience and an elected Subiaco Councillor, Julie is well placed to contribute to the roles of Convocation ? representative, governance, contribution, engagement and promotion.

Ms Nee Nee Ong
Council Member (2016-2019)

Nee Nee OngNee Nee Ong is a graduate of UWA with Masters in Business Administration (2000) and Bachelor of Engineering (1996). With 20 years? experience she currently works as a Principal Electrical Engineer at GHD Pty Ltd managing interdisciplinary teams for the delivery of projects and providing electrical design work. Nee Nee has continued her association with UWA, as seen more recently in 2015 as a university accreditation accessor and with UWA volunteer positions, such as mentoring.
Nee Nee has extensive leadership, governance, marketing, event organisation and finance experience with not-for-profit and professional organisations. This is evident with the current positions held with Engineers Australia; member of Congress, member of Electrical College Board and Chair of Women in Engineering. She has strong community links and volunteer involvement with the local community and school.

Mr Gary Pennefather
Council Member (2017-2020)

Mr Gary PennefatherGary Pennefather graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical, Electronics and Communications (1985). Since graduating, he has spent 30 years in the development and commercialisation of a range of innovative WA technologies. Gary has been a founder, senior executive and CEO in a number of companies that have started from UWA and Curtin University research to become successful businesses - both in Perth and the USA.
He is strong supporter of UWA’s mission to drive social and economic development by translating innovative research outcomes to the wider community. Gary has extensive experience in assisting university research groups to get support from industry and to achieve commercial outcomes from their intellectual property and its ongoing development.
Gary is passionate about ensuring that graduating students receive the highest quality education – one which continues to innovate and adapt to meet the demands of a rapidly changing global economy. Gary volunteers his time as a guest lecturer and mentor in the Faculty of ECM and its Masters of Engineering program. He has also helped the faculty establish a new undergraduate course where students learn how to create a startup enterprise. In his spare time, he is a keen amateur cyclist.

Mr Zohaib Qazi
Council Member(2017-2018)

Zohaib Qazi"Zohaib graduated from UWA in 2015 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Business Law before securing a graduate role with Colgate-Palmolive. While at University, Zohaib played a large role in promoting student engagement through the Electronic Music Appreciation Society (EMAS) which went on the win ‘Best Club’ in his term as Vice-President; a result of its inclusive initiatives fostering campus culture. During this time, Zohaib cofounded an event & audiovisual service business which he balanced alongside his studies before later merging into a larger organisation and exiting the company. Currently, Zohaib is focusing on his passion for start-ups and innovation with multiple concurrent projects. Zohaib is also an active member of the larger community, with ongoing commitment to Uni Camp for Kids (UCFK), Leading Youth Forward (LYF) and Relay for Life. In his spare time, Zohaib plays for Melville City Football Club and is an amateur photographer.Zohaib hopes to provide a different perspective on convocation with his recent involvement with campus culture; aiming to drive engagement with alumni and foster a community to promote prosperity amongst convocation members."

Mr Peter Robinson
Deputy Warden & Acting Warden (1984)
Council Member (2016-2019)

Peter RobinsonPeter Robinson is an accounting academic of some 44 years. Peter has spent most of his academic career with UWA (1990 to 2011 and 2014 to 2015). He has taught the breadth of the accounting curriculum with financial and strategic management accounting and public sector performance management being key areas of expertise. Peter received a UWA Teaching Excellence Award and a citation for teaching excellence from the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. During the early to mid-1980s, Peter was an ordinary member of Convocation before serving as Deputy Warden and Acting Warden in 1984. Among Convocation's major achievements, to which Peter contributed, was raising funds for relocating and rebuilding the Irwin Street Building on the James Oval and the development of a convocation member data base that, several years later, helped UWA to establish its Alumni association. UWA currently confronts significant threats to its financial sustainability and reputation. As the purpose of Convocation is to represent the collective interests of UWA graduates and the wider community, I wish to renew my commitment to this purpose by standing for the position of Deputy Warden. Furthermore, through its elected representation on Senate, Convocation contributes to the "independent" oversight of important recommendations proposed by senior UWA executives. If elected as Deputy Warden, I will draw upon my extensive academic and professional expertise in public sector financial and performance management to support the contributions made by the Warden and Convocation elected Senate members to the effective governance of UWA.

Ms Diana Salvaris
Council Member (2015-2018)

Diana Salvaris

Diana obtained her qualifications from UWA in psychology and education and completed her MBA there in the late 90s. She has worked in service industries in managerial and senior managerial capacities, including the international education and training sector ? where she was very fortunate to work and travel to countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

Diana has worked in both newly and well established entities and has enjoyed the challenges of initiating and overseeing major change projects in diverse environments and sectors. Her portfolios included; client service delivery and planning; governance and strategy; marketing and communications; financial management and stakeholder liaison.  She is very interested in contributing to the important role that Convocation plays, particularly during this period of reform of higher education.

Mr Jonathan Strauss
Council Member (2011-2020)

Jonathan Strauss I graduated from UWA with a B. Arch in 1980, and am married with 2 children.
Since graduation, I have worked as an Architect both in Perth and New York.Whilst in living in New York I was a founding member of the UWA Alumni Association, New York.
I now have 2 daughters completing higher degrees at UWA.
I have been a member of the Council of Convocation for the past 5 years.  I am currently working on the Governance Committee.  Previously, I was on the Statutes Committee and the Strategic Plan Working Party.  A primary concern is the required amendments to the UWA Act’s Statutes to allow the introduction of electronic voting and establishing a flexible framework to facilitate the continuing integration and development of electronic communication.
I am a strong supporter of assisting and enabling the views of the Convocation members generally being brought to the table so that informed decisions can be made and the Convocation elected Senators duly informed.
The newly amended UWA Act has significantly changed the underlying structure of UWA governance, including significant reduction elected Convocation representation.  This reduction will require an improved and better directed engagement and involvement with Convocation Senators.
 My principal interests in Convocation remain to assist Convocation members and our University to further engage positively with each other, and, to actively demonstrate and promote our role as leaders to the wider community both locally and internationally. 

Mr Tony Tate AM
Council Member (2017-2020)

Mr Tony Tate AMBSc UWA, 1967, Dip Met, 1968, Grad Dip Govt Admin, 1977, AICD CD Course, 2008.
Tony worked as a professional meteorologist in the Bureau of Meteorology for 11 years before establishing the first commercial meteorological business in Australia, which he managed for 15 years. He then moved in to post-secondary education as the Managing Director of a TAFE college, the Dean of Science and Engineering at Murdoch University and the Director of Research and Development at Curtin University over a period of 17 years. Since his retirement in 2011 Tony has continued to work in the university sector on research advisory boards and as a consultant on animal ethics. He chairs a Statutory Authority for the State Government and is a Director of a NFP research based company in Alice Springs. He also continues his voluntary work within the Jewish Community. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2015 “for significant service to the community through senior roles in peak Jewish welfare, advocacy and sporting organisations, and to tertiary education”.
Tony has extensive experience of university strategy and operations as well a long record of leadership in public and private organisations and hopes to utilise his knowledge and skills in these areas to contribute to the Council of Convocation during his term on Council.